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7 Ways To Actively Help Invoke Racial Justice and Reform


7 Ways To Actively Help Invoke Racial Justice and Reform

How You Can Donate to Anti-Racist Organizations
7 Ways To Actively Help Invoke Racial Justice and Reform

1. Educate Yourself

Now more than ever, we need empathy and understanding among all people. Step one is educating ourselves and realizing that we all have more to learn and room to grow. Click here for a list of essential anti-racism books that everyone should read.
If you're white and looking for more resources for how to help, check out this list.

2. Speak Up

If you witness any sort of racial injustice, speak up, and say something. If you encounter Police brutality, make your presence known in a safe way and monitor the situation. Activist and writer Frederick Joseph mentions, "if someone is being stopped by the police, you have the right to let the police know that you are going to be monitoring the situation and making sure that the person is being treated fairly and safely".

3. Demand Change From Your Local Government

In the immediate aftermath of police brutality, you can call local District Attorneys and representatives to demand legal action against the offending officer. But this shouldn't change after legal action has been obtained, we should continue to call, continue to show up at Town Hall and City Council meetings and continue to demand change. We must keep our own system accountable by staying on the issue, and reminding our representatives that the issue will not go away without action or change.
How You Can Donate to Anti-Racist Organizations

4. Donate

Put your money where your mouth is! Donate what you can to those who need your support. Here are a few organizations to consider: NAACP, Black Lives Matter, The Sentencing Project the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Southern Poverty Law Center, Color of Change, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, The Movement for Black Lives.

5. Sign Petitions

Here are a few petitions to sign to show your support: Color of Change: #JusticeforFloyd, Change.org: Justice for George Floyd, #WeCantBreathe, NAACP: Justice for George Floyd, NAACP: Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

6. Support Black Business

One simple way you can make a difference is by purchasing from Black-owned businesses, which will help close the racial wealth gap and strengthen the local Black economy. There are numerous resources that can help you find these businesses to support, including SupportBlackOwned.com. A simple Google search of "Black owned business in your town" should also yield various options for local Black-owned businesses you can support today.

7. Reflect & Engage

Reflect on your own experience with racism, and try to put yourself in another person's shoes. Racism is more insidious and prevalent than we may realize, it is important that you really challenge yourself to actively monitor not only your words, but also your thoughts. Change starts from within.
Engage with your peers, family members, and children especially in topics regarding race relations. Silence is not the answer, we need to actively be having conversations where we unpack implicit biases, recognize flaws, and demand change.




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